European Union governments opposed a proposal for airlines to face a stricter EU rule on the use of takeoff and landing slots, potentially undermining draft legislation meant to tackle a “capacity crunch” at airports.
A shutdown of European airspace that cost carriers $1.7 billion following a volcanic eruption in Iceland was exacerbated by a lack of research into the effects of ash on jet engines and over-reliance on computer modeling.
The Sundance Resources Ltd. managers who died when their aircraft crashed into dense jungle in the Republic of Congo flew a Spanish-built turboprop “bush plane” used routinely on military and law-enforcement missions.
The European Union threatened lawsuits against Germany, France, Austria and Finland for allowing Russian fees on EU airlines that fly over Siberia, spotlighting a hurdle to Russia’s bid for World Trade Organization membership.
Volcanic ash that’s disrupted air travel in Europe for almost a month is clearing as the eruption in Iceland loses power and winds change course, keeping airports open at the start of one the region’s busiest travel periods.